An honest, first hand account of what has been happening in Glasgow, Scotland.

I’ve spent the last few nights in George Square with my friends, taking photos and enjoying the atmosphere but tonight I was shocked and disgusted by the un-provoked, aggressive behaviour and violence of some people.

On Wednesday night, there was a party. It was an energetic, well-spirited night. Thousands of people came together to celebrate the referendum and being Scottish. The entire thing was peaceful and there was at least triple the amount of people in comparison to tonight, yet there were almost no cameras and I didn’t see any media coverage.

The morning that the final result of the referendum was announced a few Yes voters, feeling sombre, came together in the square to share their sadness, but also their optimism at the prospects of future change. They were playing music and sharing stories. No voters were joining in and again it was very peaceful and friendly, everyone just wanting what is best for their country.

Then Friday night happened. What happened tonight does not represent the No/Yes voters at all. This was a mob. Not as large a mob that the media have painted but a mob all the same. Me and some friends went for some food, and came back to George Square at about 6pm to take photos, expecting more peaceful events but what we found was a very different atmosphere and the people from before, including children and musicians, had left after apparently being attacked with fireworks(I didn’t see this, someone told me later on so it might not be true). A small angry mob had gathered on the square. Unionists. They stood gloating over their victory, and walked the square intimidating everyone else, singing, chanting and making Nazi salutes. We just wanted to observe, standing opposite to the unionists, but we quickly realised they were surrounding us and a small group of Yes voters and being very aggressive. We got pressed in, a Union Jack flag was pushed into our backs and one of the men started screaming “Round them up! Round them up!”, it was pretty terrifying, we got out of the crowd and stood at the edge of the square watching but it became pretty obvious that Yes voters were outnumbered and anyone wearing anything remotely resembling the Saltire was a target. We took off our Yes badges and my friend even had to take off his blue checked shirt because he was being pushed around. Most of the Yes campaigners left after a while and the Square just became a mob of aggressive Unionists, surrounded by press. The media, were deplorable, they were chasing the crowd, giving them all the attention they possibly could. Vultures, feeding on the stupidity taking place. The mob loved the attention and kept their aggression on a high. They began to move off the Square and round to Buchanan Street, pushing Police Officers that tried to keep them in the Square and scaring the horses. At this point we left, I don’t know what happened after that but I’ve heard that there has been quite a bit of violence.

I’ve lived in Glasgow for two years now and I love the city so much. It’s a peaceful, welcoming city yet what happened tonight is what the media have decided to report on. These people do not represent No voters. I’m disappointed and angry at the media for ignoring the number peaceful events in George Square over the past few days but flocking to the only one time that something remotely violent has happened.

The Police did an incredible job. They were calm and brave, managing the crowd and preventing a full scale riot. I have a great amount of respect for them after witnessing how they dealt with tonight.

These are some photos taken by Stuart McAlinden, Jordan McClymont and myself(Emma Dempsey) in George Square over the past few days.


Anonymous asked:

So, what do you think about Scotland voting yes on the referendum? From what I read, you were on the Yes side.

cishits answered:

Scotland didn’t vote Yes, they voted No. 

I respect the decision of the people, because the Scots should be treated as a sovereign people. That’s a lot of the reason this referendum was held. They didn’t feel politically respected. So I don’t agree with condemning Scots for voting on Scottish issues. 

That being said, many, many Scots (who voted Yes or No alike) feel betrayed by David Cameron’s and Alistair Darling’s lies. For those who don’t know yet, Alistair Darling pretty much went on record saying he wouldn’t sign an agreement for devo max, and the Conservative government plans to block Cameron’s already tenuous pledge for more powers to Scotland.

Basically, Cameron manipulated and lied his way into getting a No majority, and now there is huge buyer’s remorse.

There are also riots in Glasgow by unionist British nationalists; teenagers and people of color are being attacked in the streets, while the BBC sit on their asses. These brutes don’t represent all of the sentiments among No supporters, but it is an alarmingly high amount. 

The young also feel betrayed by the old. A few statistics have come out, all with pretty strong correlations, showing that 71% of people 16-17 voted yes, while 73% of those 65+ voted no. The rest of the age demographics had either slight Yes majority or slight No majorities. But had those 65+ not voted so highly for No, statisticians claim that Yes would have one by 55%, not the other way around.

Additionally, the local government areas where one is statistically expected to have a lower expendable yearly salary and have a lower life expectancy at birth are the areas where Yes was more likely to be voted.

That means that the young and the poor and the disenfranchised all cried out for real change, for their futures, and the old and rich and comfortable decided to keep the status quo. They voted to keep 1/4th of Scottish children below the poverty line.

But this is far from over. This was the first battle in a long war. No matter what David Cameron spews from his grotesque lying mouth, the United Kingdom is not strong. The United Kingdom is falling apart. 

So basically, I say I don’t want to have an opinion on the result but in reality I can’t help but be kind of disappointed, and bewildered with all the flurrying aftermath, and intrigued by where it all goes from here. 



Glasgow Violence: When Media Bias Goes Too Far 

On Thursday, 85% of the Scottish population turned out to cast their votes in the referendum on independence following days of peaceful demonstrations by Yes voters in the heart of our largest city, Glasgow. 

On Friday, Glasgow was gripped by fear as pro-union fascists rushed George Square, determined to engage in violence and hatred; the loyalists of Glasgow joined by members of the Scottish and English Defence Leagues, and all partly encouraged by Britain First.

Young girls had their Scottish flags torn away from them, women with Yes badges were spat at and called scum, nazi salutes and red hand of Ulster salutes were seen, flares were thrown, and the sectarian edge was on full display with “No Surrender” signs. Assaults were made on those carrying Saltires.


These are not the scenes reported by the BBC news or a number of newspapers who assure us that this was a “clash” between Yes and No voters, following their portrayal of Yes voters as Scottish nationalist mobs who intimidated No voters, despite little evidence to the contrary.


In truth, the police had the events of last evening well in hand. Glasgow is no stranger to sectarian trouble (a number of this mob wore Rangers tops), quickly surrounding the group and acting to restrict violence as far as possible as they departed the square and moved elsewhere. Six arrests were made and after a few hours the city was calm once more.


But what there was a disturbing lack of was information. News. People in the city and those in the rest of Scotland with friends and family in Glasgow had no idea what was happening. Those on twitter could find no information on whether things had escalated or calmed down, on where was safe and where was not.


The police described the situation as “handbags”. They’ve dealt with much worse. But to write this off as sectarian violence alone excuses those fascists who travelled to take part. To write it off as only fascists excuses the local loyalists spoiling for a fight.

While the identity of the perpetrators is unknown, the one Scotland newspaper that supported independence – The Herald – had their generator set alight. The Sunday Herald is currently collecting evidence from the night to make a full report in their next edition. 


Glasgow is a complicated city with a troubled past, but the level of political engagement across Scotland and within the city during this referendum was unprecedented. And almost entirely peaceful until now. Scotland had shown the world what democracy without war looks like, but while the UK media ignores the dark side of both Glasgow and the union, the international media has carried the most information on events.


That people in Glasgow, Scotland and the UK had to turn to twitter to get the real information of what was happening is incredible. And while photographs and videos were helpful in illustrating the events, there was no control on validity of information. #GlasgowRiots trended through the night despite the situation being over, while many seemed under the impression that it was Yes voters at fault.


Invoking the spirit of sectarianism there was no doubt trouble on both sides of that particular divide, but the swelling of ranks from fascist groups ensured that it was those bearing the Scottish flag or Yes badges that were in danger.

This was no celebration. This was no representation of No voters. These bigots represent no one but themselves. But the media turning a blind eye to this, or insinuating it is no worse than Scottish nationalists throwing an egg is irresponsible. I had friends hiding at home because they were terrified to go out on the streets without the safety of having white skin, with no idea of when the trouble was over.

There are Orange marches planned today in the city. Hopefully these idiots will stay at home. Please stay safe.

(Photo credits L-R: Jon Brady via Twitter @jonfaec; Cathal Mcnaughton / Reuters; PA; Reuters; Reuters; Herald’; Herald; Reuters; Reuters)

(My apologies that none of the media wants to embed) 


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